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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla School District residents voted down a plan to build a $10.2 million science building at Walla Walla High School on Tuesday.
The school is due to be completed in December 2015.
That Arizona sure is backward. Nothing like that anti-gay-rights stuff down there is going to happen here in our enlightened state.
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board on Thursday passed a resolution to put a $10.2 million bond to build a new science building at Walla Walla High School before voters in the April 22 special election.
WALLA WALLA — Running bond elections, or any election for that matter, is not cheap.
Discussion will continue at tonight’s Walla Walla School Board meeting.
WALLA WALLA — Despite concerns from its Community Facilities Task Force, the Walla Walla School District may yet forge ahead with a plan to build a stand-alone science building at Walla Walla High School.
There’s has to be more to the $10 million school bond than just the science building. I wonder what the Walla Walla School Board has added to it?
WALLA WALLA — By a vote of 4-1 the Walla Walla School Board passed a resolution to put a $10.2 million bond to build a new science building at Walla Walla High School before voters in this April’s special election on Thursday afternoon.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners today approved a reorganization of appointed positions in the Sheriff’s Office, but with changes after several meeting on the issue.
SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he has reached a deal with lawmakers from both parties to revise the state’s teacher evaluation system in a way that will satisfy the federal government.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners Monday approved a proposed reorganization of appointed officers and staff members in the Sheriff’s Office and let Sheriff John Turner decide what those officers will be paid.
I want to discuss with readers Tuesday’s U-B article regarding Sheriff’s Office employees.
The proposed 20 percent pay increase drew fire from other county department heads.
WALLA WALLA — A proposal by Sheriff John Turner to give his chief administrative deputy a hefty pay raise sparked protests by elected officials and others Monday.
WALLA WALLA — Former District Court Judge John Junke indirectly, but deliberately, tipped off authorities in September that he was downloading Internet child pornography.
I have read many letters lately filled with hateful, intolerant and mean-spirited statements.
A new member of the Walla Walla City Council posted a question in his letter to the editor: “So, what kind of crazy person would invest his or her personal funds to work so hard?
WALLA WALLA — Although no longer licensed to practice law in this state, a former attorney who was a local District Court Judge in the 1990s will represent himself in the child pornography case against him.
Walla Walla County commission
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Rural Library District board will hold a hearing on the district’s 2014 budget Tuesday.
We cannot get past it, we Americans. Not a half-century later. Maybe not even ever.
If a community consensus can’t be reached by spring, perhaps the project should be put on hold to give voters time to ponder options.
The Walla Walla School Board needs to give itself and the community more time to come up with the right plan to renovate all or part of the high school. Tuesday the School Board held another public work session to hear what people wanted to see and what they would be willing to fund. In addition, the Board wants to know what the objections are to the various concepts being considered for Wa-Hi — from rebuilding the entire school in two phases to focusing on only one or two of the most pressing needs (such as the science building).
John Sager Middle School is alive and well!
WALLA WALLA -- An opening remains to be filled on the Walla Walla County Rural Library District Board of Trustees. The board determines the mission and basic policies for the library's operation and has the supervision, care and custody responsibilities f
WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Rural Library District -- which has been criticized heavily this year for failing to work out an agreement with the city and moving forward with plans for a new branch -- will soon have an opening on its Board of Trustees.
They’re at a loss for a renovation measure they think voters would accept.
WALLA WALLA — How do you persuade a community to pass a bond that will accomplish less but likely cost the same or more than one voters had already shot down?
WALLA WALLA — Lincoln High School Principal Jim Sporleder, who has been on medical leave since the beginning of the school year, is resigning his position effective at the end of the school year due to a non-life threatening medical condition, according to a Walla Walla School District news release.
WALLA WALLA — After months of searching, the Walla Walla Rural Library District has chosen its next leader.
WALLA WALLA — Applicants are being sought of an opening on the Walla Walla County Rural Library Board of Trustees.
They say the former Blue Mountain Mall holds potential to recapture sales tax dollars going to the Tri-Cities.
WALLA WALLA — By this time next year, you may be able to stop by the old Gottschalks building for a new pair of shoes. Perhaps a tennis racket. Or an outfit for date night.
SUN LAKES/DRY FALLS STATE PARK, Grant County — Where else in the state of Washington can you go for a seven-minute hike and witness the results of an underwater tornado?
WALLA WALLA — A new trial date has been set in the case of a local business owner accused of pouring grease on the property of YMCA director Randy Grant.
But whatever Wa-Hi project is put on the ballot must be certain to be approved by voters. Failure is not an option.
Judging from the Union-Bulletin’s recent survey regarding upgrading Walla Walla High School — as well as two school district-sponsored surveys — it’s clear that, well, nothing is clear.
WALLA WALLA — A woman who has denied involvement in grease-dumping incidents at the YMCA executive director’s home pleaded innocent in Walla Walla County District Court on Monday to three criminal charges.
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board has scheduled a public work session Tuesday to review and discuss results from recent district surveys regarding facility improvement needs at Walla Walla High School.
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Lifetime area resident, Kenneth I. “Ken” Barton, 90,
Kenneth I. Barton
WALLA WALLA — Police arrested Justin J. Stokes on investigation of felony malicious mischief after the 38-year-old man reportedly urinated on books at the Walla Walla Public Library on Thursday,
Max Carrera's last day will be Aug. 1.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla School Board member Max Carrera will be leaving the board Aug. 1.
The School District says it is treating the matter as a personnel issue and would not identify the member.
WALLA WALLA —The Walla Walla School Board will be asked to accept the resignation of a fellow board member during its regular meeting Tuesday.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla School Board member Max Carrera confirmed this afternoon he intends to resign.
The chief executive of a government entity, such as a school district’s superintendent, answers to elected directors who sit on a school board. And the school board members answer to the public — the voters.
Sen. Mike Hewitt was unhappy his staff member made the regrettable remark. Hewitt must now make his views clear to all.
The public images of Sen. Mike Hewitt — and Walla Walla — have taken a hit this week.
Two reasons most mentioned for February’s Walla Walla High School bond defeat are mistrust of the School Board and its refusal to answer important questions.
We are excited about the progress happening in College Place Public Schools with the building of the new elementary school, the new high school and the remodel of the middle school.
COLLEGE PLACE — The College Place School Board will meet Tuesday to consider hiring a principal for the new College Place High School.
Many people don’t understand the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity.
A comment reportedly made by a staffer for Sen. Mike Hewitt has gone viral.
WALLA WALLA — A Huffington Post item reporting a statement about gays reportedly made by a staff member for Republican state Sen. Mike Hewitt of Walla Walla has drawn national ire from bloggers and concern from locals about the city’s reputation.
This letter is in response to many recent U-B articles, editorials and letters to the editor that have appeared over the last few months. I, for one, am becoming weary of hearing the misrepresentations, half-truths and outright lies being leveled against the Rural Library District and the RLD Board by the Library Users Coalition and perpetuated by the U-B.
Tim Donaldson says the city won't force removal of the mural, though fines will accrue, as the case continues.
WALLA WALLA -- Although Inland Octopus owner Bob Catsiff lost his lawsuit against the city of Walla Walla on Thursday, his giant purple octopus can stay in place for the time being.City Attorney Tim Donaldson said the mural on the toy store at 7 E. Main S
A city-contracted firm covered the 550-square-foot mural this morning.
WALLA WALLA — The octopus is no more.
More details to come
The following news release was received by the Union-Bulletin from Inland Octopus this morning. Watch union-bulletin.com and the Union-Bulletin's print edition for further coverage. An image of letter referenced in the release was attached to the emailed release. That image accompanies this story.
The Walla Walla City Council took a misstep last week when it boosted the salary of City Manager Nabiel Shawa by 2 percent.
Opinions were mixed at a gathering Tuesday to discuss the proposal.
WALLA WALLA — City officials held an open house Tuesday evening to discuss a proposed 870-acre south-side annexation.
At the core, the ongoing library controversy is not really about providing the best library services possible in Walla Walla County for all. (The Rural Library District is already doing this and plans to continue improving its services to its constituents.)
In a recent letter, Beth Call expressed concern that the residents in the so-called doughnut area around Walla Walla would bear the major expense of a new library.
The hunt for eggs will be on this weekend.
SEATTLE — It turns out after all the shock and talk, all the resolve and promise, we are right back where we started.
It is hard to believe more than 60 percent of College Place voters realized they were voting for a 30 percent increase in their property tax when they voted for the school and street bonds.
At the March 11 meeting of the Rural Library District Board, I commended the U-B for its March 3 Perspective section in which the Rural Library District Board and the Library Users Coalition had an opportunity to have their ideas presented on whether or not it was a good idea for the RLD to build a second library near Walla Walla. Both sides presented their arguments well.
SEATTLE — There may be a way to improve how discipline is handled in schools that would benefit all students and at the same time reduce some of the racial disparities that exist today.
WALLA WALLA — The site of the Rural Library District’s new County Central Library will be in College Place.
I find it interesting that at a meeting, I believe June 30, 2011, it was said at a City Council meeting that the city library was grossly underfunded. At that meeting a man asked then-Mayor Barbara Clark why it was underfunded.
I offer congratulations over and over again to the voters and citizens of College Place for having the courage and the foresight to pass a school bond that essentially does a makeover of their school system while creating a College Place High School. This is the most important development in secondary education in the 35 years I have lived in Walla Walla.
WALLA WALLA — The State Auditor’s Office reported it was in error when it included a reference to a Citizens Hotline investigation in a Walla Walla County Rural Library District audit.
Several online “crushes” pages have cropped up locally in the last week, displaying a new aspect of online social interaction among teens that has raised red flags with adults.
That must start at Tuesday’s public meeting by listening to opponents and proponents of the failed Feb. 12 bond
Walla Walla School Board members are taking a bold step in putting a Walla Walla High School bond back on the table just weeks after it was rejected by voters.
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board has scheduled a public work session Tuesday to take community input on the failed Walla Walla High School bond.
Two recent letters to the editor from Rural Library District staff members have criticized an article and an editorial concerning the library district. The facts are different from the assertions in those letters.
I was going to write a letter to you (the editor), but I chose not to just like the 10,000 people who didn’t choose to vote.
The $69.6 million proposal to overhaul Walla Walla High School was not approved Tuesday, but Wa-Hi’s facility problems are not gone — and will only grow worse over time.
I’ve grown extremely disgusted with the so-called leadership in our school district, library system and city.
Letters to the editor from supporters of the Rural Library District have stated that critics have wrongly characterized the state Auditor’s Office conclusions concerning the RDL’s violations of the Open Public Meetings Act (See Chapter 42.30 RCW). These letters have run the gamut from restrained to vicious. We are to learn from the letters that their violations are “no big deal.”
After reading a recent Union-Bulletin, I was very confused.
The Union-Bulletin’s coverage of the library issue between the Library Users Coalition and the Walla Walla County Rural Library Board is so one-sided and devoid of fact to the point it’s irresponsible.
Jim Sanders, former YMCA director and co-owner of Public House 124 restaurant, told police he dumped cooking grease on the lawn of current YMCA leader Randy Grant.
WALLA WALLA — As the Walla Walla County Rural Library District moves ahead with building a 15,000-square-foot County Central library branch, the controversy also advances.
The Rurual Library District Board of Trustees is moving ahead with plans to build a central library while keeping the public out of the process.
A town hall meeting to discuss the future of libraries in the Walla Walla Valley is past due. It’s too bad a fine can’t be imposed for failing to fully involve the public in this important issue.
WALLA WALLA — The Rural Library District will reimburse unincorporated Walla Walla County residents who purchase a city library card for their household next year.
The proposed remodel of Walla Walla High School needs community support.
The Washington Supreme Court recently rapped the Legislature’s knuckles for not moving fast enough to beef up funding for basic education.
I went to the library the other day and was told about the new $68 fee for those living outside the city limits. Also, I was told I would be reimbursed!
SEATTLE — Sign me up for the Thelma and Louise caucus. I’m with Patty Murray. We should clasp hands and careen right off that fiscal cliff.
WALLA WALLA — In an unannounced move, the City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to allow county resident to buy city library cards starting next year.
The ultimate solution is for the city and county libraries to work together wth the public in mind.
Finally, a positive step in the ongoing dispute over local library services.
On Dec. 31, rural residents of Fire Districts 4 and 8 will no longer have access to the Walla Walla Public Library unless they pay the city a $68 per family fee.
I’ve had the good fortune or blessing of never living under a dictatorship or theocracy.
WALLA WALLA — The Rural Library District defended its board of trustees, stating the board made no decisions in private as alleged by the Library Users Coalition.
Last year, I wrote a letter to the editor warning county residents they would no longer be able to borrow materials from the city library if the county did not renew its contract for services.
The report's recommendation to impose a property tax to fund the library services is not likely to be embraced by city residents.
Walla Wallans have been -- as they should be -- supportive of the city library.
But the offer to pay $188,408 a year for the next two years comes with conditions, including hiring a consultant to study how costs are shared.
WALLA WALLA -- The county Rural Library District board Tuesday approved an offer to reimburse the city of Walla Walla for library services to rural residents.
The ultimate goal must be to ensure folks inside and outside the city have access to library services. The offer would seem to be a step toward that end.
It seems odd that Walla Wallans, who will have the right to decide whether Walla Walla should build an aquatic center, will have no opportunity to decide whether we should build a new county library.
This I believe: When you find yourself smiling for an hour you are in a good place. And when that smile is caused by watching over 130 happily dancing babies, kids and parents rocking out to Recess Monkey, a band composed of youthful energetic teachers, I believe those 130 dancers are in a good place, too.
Having made use of the rural library in Grant County, I wonder why Walla Walla County Rural Library could not be run the same.In Grant County you could sign up online to the rural library, order books or DVDs and they were sent to your address in a zipper
When I learned that a group of people had formed the Library Users Coalition to help address the community concerns regarding the impasse between the Rural Library District and the Walla Walla Public Library, I was relieved
WALLA WALLA — More taxes, fewer employees and more program cuts pretty much sums up the bad news for the city’s 2013-14 biennial budget.
EDITOR’S NOTE _ An occasional look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don’t tell the full story
Wolfram is experienced as court commissioner
The Rural Library District has high hopes for the success of a project that could lead to consolidated library services for the region. The intent to continue this partnership effort even if contract negotiations failed was affirmed by Walla Walla Mayor B
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Rural Library District board will meet in executive session Thursday to discuss real estate matters.
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County commissioners said today they will not hold a hearing to decide whether to remove the county Rural Library District board of directors.
The Council approved a different potential contract that would need Rural Library District approval.
WALLA WALLA -- After a somewhat heated review of yet another proposed library contract, the City Council said no to the Walla Walla County Rural Library District's latest offer, which means county residents still face losing their borrowing privileges at
The deal reached Thursday means county residents will have access to the city library in 2012.
WALLA WALLA -- County residents will have access to the city library next year.The Walla Walla County Rural Library District board on Thursday approved a 2012 contract, 4-1.The contract was a counteroffer from the city earlier this month. Board member Ste
With just over a month left in their contract and the possibility that thousands of county residents will lose their ability to check out material from the city's library at the start of next year, a new contract is on the table between the city and the R
There have been many articles in the newspaper and letters to the editor about the agreement between the Walla Walla Rural Library District and the City of Walla Walla. Some of the articles and letters to the editor have had misstatements, inaccuracies an
A consultant found that while the Rural Library District takes about $40 per person, the city takes an amount in the $20s.
WALLA WALLA -- As expected, a recently released report on library funding confirmed the city's library is grossly underfunded, but what was also revealed by an independent consultant is that Walla Walla County Rural Library District may have been justifie
'Whether or not you do the annexation, to survive you need a consolidated model,' a consultant said.
WALLA WALLA -- Better cooperation is key to solving the region's library woes, especially if city and county officials decide to follow a consultant's recent recommendation to annex into one regional library taxing district.
WALLA WALLA — A citizens’ group is renewing its call for the ouster of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District board of trustees.
Once in danger of losing their building headquarters, members of the Walla Walla Elks Lodge are celebrating a turnaround in the organization with a daylong party Saturday.
I am writing in support of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District Board of Directors.
Story: Link Italics Bold Bulleted list Numbered list Block quote Heading Create inline: Being College Place residents Dick and I have hesitated writing about the library dilemma, but the Union-Bulletin's Our Opinion column on Wednesday voiced our opinion perfectly.
Create single library taxing district
Connectionism. The baseline logic for economic wellness development accepts that in order to work all public transportation roads lead to all places for all people.
Topic: Rural Library District in Prescott, or Travels on the Turnip Truck.
The Walla Walla County Rural Library District provides much needed and appreciated library services to rural areas in the county. The branches it has established in Burbank, Prescott, Vista Hermosa and Touchet have become integral parts of those communities, providing access to informational and recreational reading materials, movies, audio books, the Internet and other electronic resources in convenient locations.
WALLA WALLA - The newly formed Walla Walla City-County Library Users Coalition will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Fire District 4 Station, 2251 Howard St.Open to the community, this group will discuss unifying library services for the ben
WALLA WALLA - The Rural Library District will hold its 2012 budget hearing Tuesday at 4 p.m. at its service center offices 37 Jade St.The district operates on a budget of around $1.1 million, which primarily comes from a property tax levy of 48 cents per
WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla County Rural Library District will hold a public forum on library services at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Fire District 4 station, 2251 S. Howard St.Those with ideas or questions about library services are encouraged to attend.For
WALLA WALLA -- The Library Users Coalition will meet from 7-9 p.m. on March 29 in the Fire District 4 program room, 2251 S. Howard St. The coalition is a group of city and county residents who are concerned with developing a cooperative library service pl
Library Users Coalition plans informational meeting
During a special City Council meeting held Oct. 3, a $200,000 revenue stream badly needed by the Walla Walla Public Library to maintain current staffing and service levels, was rejected.
I am very concerned about the Rural Library District's struggle with paying the Walla Walla Public Library each year for county residents to use the city's library.
The Rural Library District hopes to start a new chapter by building its own $5.5 million library.
WALLA WALLA - Directors with the Walla Walla Library and the Rural Library District are ready to end nearly four decades of working together to provide library services for city and county residents.After several joint meetings earlier this year to study
In light of the recent announcement that the Library Working Group was unable to agree on any plan for library services, it appears that cooperative library service between the city of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Rural Library District is a dead issue
To the taxpayers of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District: Your non-elected library board is officially designated as a board of trustees.
After attending the Library Users Coalition meeting Tuesday night, it seems clear to me that most folks in the Walla Walla Valley do not want the addition of a new rural library in Walla Walla County. It is also clear that the Rural Library District is go
What is a library? Beyond the bricks and mortar that both the county and city are seemingly focused, a library should have the ability to provide the information required from an interested population that enhances our community. "An informed citizenry is
Warning of serious mental health epidemic in Walla Walla: Some people in the city and county are suffering from a chronic and persistent condition -- "the edifice complex."
Construction of RLD library supported
It won't be easy, but we believe it would result in superior services.
Although Walla Walla County commissioners have no authority over the Rural Library District or its Board of Directors, the three commissioners nevertheless showed needed leadership in trying to resolve the local library services dispute.
A number of letters, columns, editorials and articles have been written in regard to the inability of the Rural Library District and the Walla Walla Public Library to come to an agreement on a contract. I don't feel all the facts have been aired.
Aug. 21 I attended my first Library Users Coalition meeting. Coalition leaders were introduced to the audience, a list of accomplishments handed out and seven minutes were spent on the evening’s topic — benefits of annexation.
Give the community time to explore consolidating library services to benefit all.
Officials of the Rural Library District, which serves people living outside of the city limits of Walla Walla and College Place, have made it clear they plan to forge ahead with constructing a new branch. The RLD has plans to spend about $3 million on a new library near or in the city of Walla Walla and then borrow another $2 million to upgrade RLD facilities in Prescott, Burbank and Touchet.
In its full-page ad, the Rural Library District Board did an excellent job of laying out its complaints against the city of Walla Walla. I trust most readers recognize that there’s another side to the story, and I must say there are some serious inaccuracies in the statement.
RI found Barbara Clark's letter very interesting and thought provoking.
I may be very different from a majority of teenagers, but I love the Walla Walla Public Library in every way.I own a Nook (on which I can buy and borrow electronic books), and it is something that I absolutely adore. However, I continue to use the library
I have been told by many there is support for the building plans of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District — but people are hesitant to say so publicly.
I am a senior citizen from Prescott. I am quite annoyed by the letters that have appeared in the Union-Bulletin by the Library Users Coalition and its supporters.
I’ve been reluctant to enter the discussion about fairness of past contracts between the Rural Library District and the city of Walla Walla, because I assumed that any problems of the past would be solved by adoption of current proposals for annexation or a long-term service contract.
These “drive by” insults are annoying.
The intransigence shown by the Walla Walla Rural Library District Board at Monday’s meeting was duly noted by county and city residents in attendance.
The County Rural Library District Board took out a full-page ad in the Union-Bulletin to address what it considers “false and misleading statements.”
The independent coalition that is trying to resolve the dispute between the city and Rural Library District has officially asked the city to let its citizens settle the matter with a vote on annexation into the Walla Walla County Rural Library Taxing District.
WALLA WALLA — The Library Users Coalition have asked county commissioners to replace the entire Board of Trustees of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District.
The possibility of city residents becoming part of the Rural Library District — a move some believe would solve the Walla Walla Public Library’s funding problems — has been nipped in the bud by the Rural Library District Board of Trustees.
Library resolution’s intent unclear
The Library Working Group did not identify an economically feasible model for a consolidated library system covering residents of both jurisdictions (Rural Library District and city of Walla Walla). However, progress was made.Existing costs and expenses w